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Country Music Trio Rascal Flatts Signs on at LA’s Hollywood & Highland Complex

The music stars are getting into the food business

Rascal Flatts at Hollywood & Highland
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Don’t look now, but things are happening at Hollywood and Highland. The mega-touristy complex that holds everything from the Academy Awards to those photogenic street performers is landing a restaurant from award-winning country music trio Rascal Flatts.

The eponymous eatery lands on the third floor of the sprawling property, with a prime corner location that’s currently all boarded up and under construction. Of course this is far from the first music-tinged restaurant to land in one of LA’s most heavily-touristed stretches, as Sammy Hagar’s own Cabo Wabo Cantina already has a location there as well. Add to that the new Margaritaville inside Universal CityWalk, and it’s no surprise that the Rascal Flatts team would choose Hollywood & Highland for their Los Angeles location.

What is interesting is just how long it’s taken the band to bring this place to life. Back in 2012 Eater learned that an initial opening location was headed for Phoenix, but more than four years later it seems not only has that location failed to materialize, but a different planned introduction into the Cleveland market remains behind schedule.

Of course that hasn’t deterred the team from listing a 2017 opening on their Hollywood & Highland signage. They also promise “beer & cocktails, down home eats, and good music” for the space. Look for an opening in late 2017, if all goes well.